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Catholics told they must be ‘fearless leaders’

Catholics told they must be ‘fearless leaders’

In dealing with several serious issues confronting the church and society today, “the only question is how you respond, not whether you should,” said Helen Alvare at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, held May 9 in Washington.

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Higher education and ‘breaking good’

Higher education and ‘breaking good’

| John Garvey | May 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Breaking Bad” is a television series on AMC about a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a drug kingpin. It has quickly become a favorite of mine. Educator Walter White puts his chemistry skills to work in his own meth lab after he learns he has advanced-stage lung cancer and just two years to live. His teaching job, he reasons, will not provide nearly enough for his pregnant wife and his son, who has cerebral palsy.

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No compromise between same-sex ‘marriage,’ religious liberty

No compromise between same-sex ‘marriage,’ religious liberty

| Jason Adkins | May 8, 2013 | 1 Comment

The House of Representatives will vote on same-sex marriage legislation on Thursday, May 9.

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Same-sex marriage and the breakdown of moral argument

Same-sex marriage and the breakdown of moral argument

| Father Robert Barron | April 25, 2013 | 6 Comments

In his classic text “After Virtue,” the philosopher Alisdair MacIntyre lamented, not so much the immorality that runs rampant in our contemporary society, but something more fundamental and in the long run more dangerous — namely, that we are no longer even capable of having a real argument about moral matters.

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A conversation about the ‘new evangelization’

A conversation about the ‘new evangelization’

| April 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit interviewed Weigel and Gordy DeMarais, founder and executive director of St. Paul’s Outreach, a Catholic ministry on college campuses across the U.S. that began in response to the Church’s call for a “new evangelization.” The following is an edited version of the interview.

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Funding the fight against child sex trafficking

Funding the fight against child sex trafficking

| Jessica Zittlow | April 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Recently, the DFL leadership in the Minnesota House and Senate released their proposed budget targets. While the budget targets are said to allow for investments in Minnesota’s economic future, there are deep cuts proposed in the Minnesota Health and Human Services budget that could directly affect some of our state’s most vulnerable residents in a special way, particularly our sexually exploited youth.

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Federal judge’s Plan B decision is a bad one all around

Federal judge’s Plan B decision is a bad one all around

| April 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the St. Paul school district, like many other school districts around the country, students need the permission of a parent or guardian to take medication during the school day.

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Faith of our fathers: deep roots and online ancestry

Faith of our fathers: deep roots and online ancestry

| Christina Capecchi | March 27, 2013 | 1 Comment

Somewhere in their midst — across the alley, around the river — two people met and married, forging the lineage that leads to you.

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Making ‘justice’ the measure of our criminal justice system

Making ‘justice’ the measure of our criminal justice system

| March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in an Italian youth prison, where he will wash and kiss the feet of 12 inmates.

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Divine Mercy graces not only available to the sick and dying

Divine Mercy graces not only available to the sick and dying

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Thirteen years after Pope John Paul II established the Sunday after Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday, the image of Jesus with red and white rays coming from his side has become familiar in many parishes.

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Same-sex ‘marriage’ is just the beginning

Same-sex ‘marriage’ is just the beginning

| Jason Adkins | March 15, 2013

By the time you read this column, legislation to redefine marriage (HF 1054/SF 925) will likely have been passed out of committees in both the Minnesota House and Senate, and sent to the floor of each chamber, where it could receive a full vote at any time.

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Papal transition: Opportunity to showcase the faith

Papal transition: Opportunity to showcase the faith

| Stephen Kent | March 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

It was another one of those conversations that have occurred with some frequency in the past few weeks.

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